What Andy Said/Fisher Will Play Left Tackle

Part of the week for NFL head coaches at the league’s spring meeting is a session with the media. On Tuesday it was the AFC coaches and Wednesday will be the NFC guys.

That put Andy Reid at a round table with various media types and he touched on a lot of different subjects as the scribblers and tin throats threw questions at him. Here’s some of what the Chiefs head coach had to say about:

Replacing Branden Albert at left tackle: “I think I’ll start off with Eric (Fisher) at the left and keep Donald (Stephenson) at the right. That’s where (Fisher) played in college; although Donald Stephenson played there for me, I know that he can do that too.”

Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson who is available in a trade: “I have nothing but good things to say about the kid. I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him. When his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age; they were best friends. I’ve experience life things with him. He was great for me when I was there.”

If he’s surprised a talent like Jackson is available: “I don’t know what’s real and what’s not real. I haven’t looked into it either way. I’m happy that he had a great year. I’m happy that Chip (Kelly) had a great year with him and that’s where it stops for me.”

How the situation with the Chiefs in 2013 turned around so quickly: “You don’t know until you actually go out there and do it. I had a good feeling coming out of camp. I actually had a good feeling even before that when the veterans came to me and said, ‘Listen, you just tell us what you want done, and we’ll do it.’ And then they did it, all the way through the season. I thought that was unique.”

His first season with quarterback Alex Smith: “I loved his accuracy. I love his want-to-be great. I love the way he took things over and challenged everybody around him. I appreciated his whole game. His approach to the game raised the whole team. He’s a gym rat. You’ve got to kick him out of the building. I was almost on double secret-probation his first week in the building because he wanted to stay there forever. I’d have to kick him out. I said you gotta go. He’s a brilliant guy. He can digest a lot and not be paralyzed by it on the field. He’s not going to run out of gigabytes. He can still function well with a lot of knowledge.

Michael Vick’s future with the New York Jets: “I love Michael Vick. Michael’s been blessed with some unbelievable gifts. I don’t think those have deteriorated. He’s still going to go out there and be one of your fastest guys. He’s still going to be able to throw the ball as well as anybody. I think he’ll be a great mentor to the young kid (Geno Smith). It sounds like they already have an understanding there. He’s back with Marty (Mornhinweg, Jets offensive coordinator who was in Philadelphia), which I think is a good thing. Marty knows him and understands him. I think he can still play. He understands that the young kid is the starter. He’s going to compete with him every day, yet he’ll never step on that young kid’s toes. That’s not how he operates.”

2 Responses to “What Andy Said/Fisher Will Play Left Tackle”

  • March 25, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Reid confirmed they’ll put the kid in the spot they drafted him to play. Now we’ll see how he does in year two at his natural position. I was also sorry to hear Ralph Wilson died. The last of the “Foolish Club” joined Lamar and the rest of the visionaries who inspired many of us to love pro football in our youth and changed the league and game forever. R.I.P. Mr. Wilson.

  • March 26, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    “I too love his want-to-be-great” attitude. But unfortunately he’s not. He’s an above average QB stuck in a league where the “elites” usually win at the end of the day. Unless you have a steel curtain defense like the Hawks had (and we definitely don’t) you are not going to win the big dance.

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